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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Proposal for blog comment policy form

Blog services should provide standardized comment policy forms where bloggers can fill in the details of their own policies. The form or a link to the form can then be posted in a prominent place on the blog. Posting the comment policy should be mandatory and not optional -- people have a right to know whether or not the blog has a fair comment policy.

Here is a proposal for such a form --
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BLOG COMMENT POLICY

CHECK ALL THAT APPLY --

Arbitrary censorship of comments --

No arbitrary censorship *

Arbitrary censorship of comments that I disagree with

Arbitrary censorship of comments submitted by people I dislike and comments that I suspect were submitted by people I dislike

Abuse --

No abuse allowed

All abuse allowed

Abuse discouraged but allowed if it does not disparage anyone's race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin *

Abuse OK only from my supporters

Abuse OK only if accompanied by serious commentary *

Credible threats OK

IP address blocking (note: may be ineffective and/or illegal and can block comments from large numbers of Internet users)

No *

Yes

Holding up comments for moderation--

No *

Yes

Anonymous commenters --

Allowed *

Not allowed

Allowed only if I do not suspect that it is someone I dislike

Commenter registration hassles --

No *

Yes

Closing of comment threads --

No *

Yes

Assistance or advice to commenters who have trouble in posting comments --

Yes *

No

Member, Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers --

Yes *

No


Additional rules or modifications of the above rules -- ? ? ? ?


Choices that are asterisked above are the preferred policies, especially for blogs that: (1) -- are popular blogs that have a lot of influence on public opinion; (2) -- have a fairly good chance of being authoritatively cited by court opinions, scholarly journal articles, official news services, and other authorities; (3) -- have received or compete for blogging awards; and (4) -- belong to the Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers.

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Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

You have not included yourself in this I see.

> (1) -- are popular blogs that have a lot of influence on public opinion; (2) -- have a fairly good chance of being authoritatively cited by court opinions, scholarly journal articles, official news services, and other authorities; (3) -- have received or compete for blogging awards; <

Well you certainly don't count for any of these

> (4) -- belong to the Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers. <

A group of two people, one of which you had to beg to join.

Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

CHECK ALL THAT APPLY --


Arbitrary censorship of comments --


No arbitrary censorship - Ed Brayton

Arbitrary censorship of comments that I disagree with - Larry Fafarman

Abuse --

Abuse OK only if accompanied by serious commentary - Ed Brayton

No category for some abuse allowed - Larry Fafarman

IP address blocking (note: never illegal)

No - Larry Fafarman (Larry doesn't know how to do it.)

Yes - Ed Brayton - In appropriate cases.

Anonymous commenters --

Allowed - Larry Fafarman

Allowed only if it is not someone who has been banned for good cause.

Assistance or advice to commenters who have trouble in posting comments --

No - Larry Fafarman. Larry has offered to post items emailed to him. He neither posts, nor responds to these emails.

I don't know Ed's policy on this.

Member, Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers --

Yes - Larry and one man he begged to join who initially declined.

No - All serious bloggers.

Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:14:00 AM  

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